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In 1898, as part of a major reorganization within the State Board of Education (RG 8003) a County School Commission, consisting of a gubernatorial appointed clerk and two commissioners, was established for each county. One senior member of each county commission, in addition to the Governor, the Secretary of State, the President of Delaware College, and the auditor, comprised the State Board of Education. The Board was generally responsible for selecting and furnishing the textbooks for the schools, establishing standardized reportage forms and preparing examinations for all teachers of white and colored students.1
The County School Commissions, as the local administrative arm of the State Board of Education, concerned themselves with more specific matters, such as methods of instructions and discipline, the performance of teachers and administrators, the condition of properties, interviewing personnel, and the inspection of reports and files. To assist and guide the commissions, the Governor was to appoint for each county a Superintendent of Schools.2
In 1919, the County School Commissions were dissolved, their functions being assumed by new County School Boards. However, members of County School Commissions were eligible for appointment to the new County School Boards.3

1 21 D.L., ch. 67

2 Ibid

3 30 D.L., ch. 35
JRF 2/7/89

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